Lawyers, Litigants, and Interest Groups in the Judicial Process

Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you answer the following:

  1. Discuss the importance of lawyers in American society and government. Be specific and provide examples.
    1. Be sure to address this question: Why have lawyers, from the early colonial years to the present, been so unpopular?
  2. Describe the impact of stratification within the legal profession as it relates to the delivery and quality of legal services in the United States. Be specific and provide examples.
  3. Examine the role of interest groups in the judicial process. Be specific and provide examples.
    1. Be sure to address this question: How can a system that claims to be unbiased and impartial allow interest group participation in the judicial process?
  4. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources. Note: Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Detail the history and organization of the levels of the American court system and the issue of jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the criminal court and the judicial process in America.
  • Write clearly and concisely about the American court system using proper writing mechanics and APA style conventions.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 200

Assignment 1: Lawyers, Litigants, and Interest Groups in the Judicial Process

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Discuss the importance of lawyers in American society and government. Be specific and provide examples.

Address question 1a: Why have lawyers, from the early colonial years to the present, been so unpopular?

Weight: 30%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed the importance of lawyers in American society and government. Did not provide examples. Did not address question 1a.

Insufficiently discussed the importance of lawyers in American society and government. Provided insufficient examples. Insufficiently addressed question 1a.

Partially discussed the importance of lawyers in American society and government. Provided partial examples. Only partially addressed question 1a.

Satisfactorily discussed the importance of lawyers in American society and government. Provided examples. Addressed question 1a.

Thoroughly discussed the importance of lawyers in American society and government. Provided specific examples. Thoroughly addressed question 1a.

2. Describe the impact of stratification within the legal profession as it relates to the delivery and quality of legal services in the United States. Be specific and provide examples.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely described the impact of stratification within the legal profession as it relates to the delivery and quality of legal services in the United States. Did not provide examples.

Insufficiently described the impact of stratification within the legal profession as it relates to the delivery and quality of legal services in the United States. Provided insufficient examples.

Partially described the impact of stratification within the legal profession as it relates to the delivery and quality of legal services in the United States. Provided partial examples.

Satisfactorily described the impact of stratification within the legal profession as it relates to the delivery and quality of legal services in the United States. Provided examples.

Thoroughly described the impact of stratification within the legal profession as it relates to the delivery and quality of legal services in the United States. Provided specific examples.

3. Examine the role of interest groups in the judicial process. Be specific and provide examples. Address question 3a.

Weight: 25%

Did not examine the role of interest groups in the judicial process. Did not provide examples. Did not address question 3a.

Insufficiently examined the role of interest groups in the judicial process. Provided insufficient examples. Insufficiently addressed question 3a.

Partially examined the role of interest groups in the judicial process. Provided partial examples. Only partially addressed question 3a.

Satisfactorily examined the role of interest groups in the judicial process. Provided examples. Addressed question 3a.

Thoroughly examined the role of interest groups in the judicial process. Provided specific examples. Thoroughly addressed question 3a.

4. 3 references

Weight: 10%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

5. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 15%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

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